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Lillian J. Umbarger

March 19, 1923 February 22, 2020
Lillian  J. Umbarger
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Obituary for Lillian J. Umbarger

Lillian J. Umbarger, passed away peacefully in the comfort of the American House on February 22, 2020. She was 96 years old. Lillian was born March 19, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to parents William R. and Anna N. (nee O’Shea) Grover.

Lillian grew up with her family and through childhood lived out the entire Great Depression. At the age of 18 she experienced the outbreak of World War II and saw her brother go off to war as well as many of her graduating class – some of whom did not return. She worked for the war effort in various factories as an accountant until war’s end. Not daunted but spurred on by these terrible and life changing events, at the end of the war in 1946 she set out with her little sister Cecie, to cross the US in trains and cars before the Interstate. Living in Denver and Phoenix and finally Los Angeles. That sense of adventure did not stop as she took up the very new sport (in the US) of skiing in the late 40’s. She came back from LA to study at the University of Detroit. Still continuing to ski, this is how she met her husband Max Umbarger. And as one would imagine, their honeymoon was a great tour of the western US while skiing and at several of the resorts they went to, it was the resort’s first year of operation. She was truly a pioneer of this sport. But her greatest adventure was still ahead of her. From her marriage in 1957, their fruitful marriage resulted in 5 children. They, too (and now their children), became great skiing enthusiasts as a result of their mom. After her children left for college, Lillian and Max began traveling the world to Europe and other places. In later years she joined and participated with the Women’s VFW Post.

Lillian is survived by her five loving children; Gregg Umbarger, Michael (Kathy) Umbarger, Lynn (Teresa) Umbarger, Jeff (Alicia) Umbarger and Lillian (Val Baliad) Umbarger, her grandchildren, Cassie Knight, Taylor Umbarger, Erich Umbarger, Lauren Umbarger, Gavin Baliad, Carly Umbarger and Sophie Umbarger. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Max Umbarger, her granddaughter, Abbey Lynn Umbarger, brother William (Bud) L. Grover, her sisters Anna Hunter and Cecelia Scott.

The Umbarger family is eternally grateful to the wonderful staff at the American House (Rochester Hills), especially Roxiann Brown (Executive Director) and the Medical Team that loved and cared for our mother. Always greeting our mother with a bright “Lilly!”, the Medical Team made her comfortable for her 7 years at American House and was well loved by our mom in return.

The family will accept visitors on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 4pm to 8pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Clawson, Michigan. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack Avenue, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. Mrs. Umbarger will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the animal rescue mission, The Devoted Barn (http://thedevoted due to the wonderful work of her Grandniece, Chelsea Clements, with the Feral Dog Rehabilitation program.


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